Pat Shurmur focusing on Saints, after job interviews

AP

Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur knows his future may lie beyond Minnesota.

But because he’s a football coach, he’s compartmentalizing, and trying to keep all his attention on Sunday’s divisional round game against the Saints.

Via the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Shurmur said he “enjoyed” his head coaching interviews with the Bears, Lions, Cardinals and Giants, but that he was now back to work.

“I think we as coaches, our whole lives have learned how to stay in the moment,” Shurmur said. “Again, you do one thing and then you move onto the next. I really enjoyed the time that I spent with those teams. But I got quickly back into preparing for the Saints. Fortunately, this is a team that we’ve played before. So [it has] the feel of kind of like a division game.”

The Bears have since moved on and hired former Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy, but Shurmur has been mentioned as a favorite for the Cardinals job, and his relationship with soon-to-be free agent quarterback can’t hurt.

Asked whether he had talked contract with any of the teams, Shurmur said: “There’s another time to talk about all that stuff.”

“Each situation is different,” Shurmur said. “Every team right now that is not playing in the playoffs has quickly turned their focus to how am I going to improve my team. These are teams that are looking for a head coach. So they’ve got that as part of their process. They were very easy conversations in terms of what your philosophy might be. But I approached all of them with the same mind-set and then quickly put it on the back burner.”

He has his hands full this weekend, with a Saints defense that has suddenly become competent, which makes it easier to put his future employment on hold for a few days.

25 responses to “Pat Shurmur focusing on Saints, after job interviews

  1. If the Vikings should lose, I can’t wait for the Monday Morning QB’s of Mpls to spew their “informed opinions” on how distracted their OC was going into the game. That will be, of course, after they are done disparaging the ref’s for phantom calls that nobody had seen and if history is any indication, their kicker.

  2. I liked Shurmur from his brief time in Philly… he obviously knows how to work with Sam Bradford and get the most out of him.

  3. So impressed with the job Shurmur has done. Had a lot of curveballs thrown his way and still found a way adapt and succeed. Deserves a head coaching job but sure wish he would stay with the Vikes…

  4. I think it’s a legitimate concern. Mike Holmgren had already committed to Seattle when the Packers lost SB XXXII to Denver and I swear he seemed to coach that game much less aggressively than he normally coached, including SB XXXI. I distinctly remember feeling that way during the game, not just after.

  5. It’s an unfortunate distraction. As much as coaches say they are focused on the game, when someone is whispering in your ear about a $5-10 million contract for 4 years it can kind of take your attention away. At least that’s been the case for me. (JK)

  6. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    January 12, 2018 at 10:16 am
    I think it’s a legitimate concern. Mike Holmgren had already committed to Seattle when the Packers lost SB XXXII to Denver and I swear he seemed to coach that game much less aggressively than he normally coached, including SB XXXI. I distinctly remember feeling that way during the game, not just after.

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    Holmgren was the head coach. Nobody is interviewing Zimmer for a head coaching job, so the idea that there’s a “distraction” is nonsense. Ask anybody that plays in the NFL, you don’t look past the opponent that you’re facing on Sunday. With a potential HC job on the line,it won’t bode well for Shurmur to “mail it in” on Sunday. But thanks again for trying to compare the Vikings to the Packers. #thanksforplaying

  7. Vikings win 30-17. I will guarantee the victory. Brees, Rodgers, Brady, Ryan, and Stafford all had bad numbers against Zim’s defense. We all seen it, and Brees will choke.

  8. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    January 12, 2018 at 10:16 am
    I think it’s a legitimate concern. Mike Holmgren had already committed to Seattle when the Packers lost SB XXXII to Denver and I swear he seemed to coach that game much less aggressively than he normally coached, including SB XXXI. I distinctly remember feeling that way during the game, not just after. Holmgren didn’t leave the Packers until after the next year.

  9. Vikings win 30-17. I will guarantee the victory. Brees, Rodgers, Brady, Ryan, and Stafford all had bad numbers against Zim’s defense. We all seen it, and Brees will choke.
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    You just watch…just watch!

  10. housemusic1200 says:
    January 12, 2018 at 9:39 am
    If the Vikings should win, will you guys come back here and eat crow?
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    Look at your audience. I think we all know the answer to that one.

    SKOL Vikings!!!

  11. I don’t think Shurmur even got this much attention when he was coaching the Browns. Even cheesers are obsessed with the guy.

  12. rrickjordan says:
    January 12, 2018 at 11:26 am
    The Almighty Cabbage says:
    January 12, 2018 at 10:16 am
    I think it’s a legitimate concern. Mike Holmgren had already committed to Seattle when the Packers lost SB XXXII to Denver and I swear he seemed to coach that game much less aggressively than he normally coached, including SB XXXI. I distinctly remember feeling that way during the game, not just after. Holmgren didn’t leave the Packers until after the next year.

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    You are correct. It must have been the loss to San Fran in ’98 where I felt like he was much less aggressive. I knew it was his last game as the Packers’ head coach and that it was in the playoffs. In my defense, 19 years is a long time to try and remember, especially since I can’t tell you what I had for breakfast day before yesterday. Anyways…

    The only point is/was, during that game, he just didn’t seem as aggressive as normal. To the point I felt that way early on in the game and especially early in the second half. I don’t remember any play calls or specific moves he made that made me feel that way but I definitely remember feeling that way and I think a lot of other people did as well.

    Nobody said Shurmur was going to “mail it in” as housemusic seems to think was said. I just said I think it’s… and I should have said could be… a legitimate concern.

    The best part of housemusic wanting to trash talk me is that I was actually rebutting the post by whatjusthapped saying “If the Vikings should lose, I can’t wait for the Monday Morning QB’s of Mpls to spew their “informed opinions” on how distracted their OC was going into the game.”

    As always, I just posted an actual fact from firsthand experience (even though I failed on the year due to bad memory). I can’t help it if some of these guys just don’t like actual facts.

  13. I think Shurmur will be a good coach in Arizona. Word is Shurmur will be bringing Philipo from PHI as his OC/QB Coach, those two are great with developing young QB and w/ Arizona drafting a young QB as well as bringing in a veteran QB, having a coach who is great with QB’s and knows how to design a potent offense makes a lot of sense for the Cardinals, considering they already have one of the leagues top defenses in place.

  14. knew8411 says:
    January 12, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    As a Vikings fan…..Of all the teams, that played last week, the Saints scare me the most.

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    I think you’re on the money. I posted in another thread Payton and Brees are both experienced and crafty. Of the 4 coaches last week, I think Payton is best equipped to game plan for Zimmer’s aggressive defense and of the 4 QBs, Brees has the best tools to execute it, Newton’s size and running ability notwithstanding.

    If Zimmer’s blitzes get home, consistently, New Orleans will have a very bad day.

    If Brees carves those blitzes up with quick-hitters, consistently, Minnesota will have a very bad day.

    If it’s some of this and some of that, as one would expect, it should be an exciting contest.

  15. Always a distraction when staff are interviewed during the playoff season. Are the Vikings players seasoned enough to be able to get past the distractions? I am hoping the answer is no.

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